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Pros: Can MAX out Battlefield 3 with consistent 40fps and 70+fps in some areas, big maps (firestorm) don't make a difference.
Card has lasted over a year of hardcore gaming on SC2, CS 1.6, CS:Source, Team Fortress, DoD, Portal, Portal2.
Can max out Alien vs Predator.
I game on a 23inch HP2311x plugged into the HDMI port, this GTS450 just smokes.
Cons: None I can think of.
Other Thoughts: I already did another review of this card around 12/25/2010 under the name bluetube, so read on about it. this was just an update. I can't believe all this whohaaa about you needing atleast a gtx560 to max out BF3, I DID IT WITH A GTS450 and not even overclocked over overvolted, just stock with fan at 70 in EVGA Precision, can't believe Nvidia would even say that, just to sell more cards Obviously. I have a GTX560TI also and it more than doubles the power of this GTS450, but with power consumption more than doubles also (gtx560ti specs = double the gts450 specs Exactly). "Verified Owner" should now have a green check on it so you know I really DO have this card.
Asrock N68csucc mobo
AMD Phenom II 960t (unlocked 6core)
EVGA GTS450 FPB (installed) and an ASUS GTX560TI TOP (in the box)
G.Skill 1333 Sniper (2x4GB)
WD 320GB Caviar Blue
Silverstone 550 PSU
Pros: my 2.2ghz (2.7 OC'd) amd 4200+ idles around 31ish and 50ish fully loaded in a number of tests and will run much lower at stock clocks and volts. Runs cool in my book even when overclocked.
Board = a keeper.
Shipping = Unbeatable
Cons: Can't get voltage past 1.55
Couldn't break 3.0ghz :(
>maybe these 2 cons are related<
(I've done both on another board and this board holds too much back, even overclocked)
compatible quads were a journey to find, wish Newegg had them instock.
Other Thoughts: OC'd my amd 4200+ to 2.7ghz (1.375vlts) stable; 2.8+change (1.55volts) = crashed, not too impressed. Ideal choice for a Budget Builder or someone to who wants to tink around with a Very Decent Mobo. If you're looking at this for an Am3 upgrade, get a true Am3 Motherboard, you can only do so much with this board. that being said, this is pretty much perfect for an Am2 guy, although you may have trouble finding quads that are compatible (I've looked), Newegg has a tri and we'll see how that goes. This is a very good board for the price:feature ratio. I'd buy again. ramble rambleREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Plug and play, literally, windows did all the driver updates itself and no errors. Precision is great. Fan Control. Fits my mid tower.
Cons: couldn't hurdle 1Ghz :l
bought for 130 (90 MIR), it's now 115 (85 MIR)
Other Thoughts: Idle at 28C and gets up to mid 50's fully loaded in SCII (Ultra Settings) and Source (maxed) and never crashed. Windows 7 WEI gave me 7.1 in both Graphics and Gaming Graphics. Topped out at 998 CC, 1996 SC and 1996 MC with fan 70% in most tests. Had it in my hands in 3days, Newegg Shipping impossible to beat.READ FULL REVIEW